Nov 21, 2018  
2017-2018 College Catalog 
2017-2018 College Catalog

Biology (B.S.)

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Biology is, on the simplest level, the study of life from cellular to global scales. The Bachelor of Science program in Biology at Mount Ida College provides the basis of knowledge for understanding the human body, animal social structure and behavior, plant function and diversity, as well as the ecology, environment, genetics, evolution, molecular and cellular biology, and physiology of organisms. The Biology program emphasizes laboratory and field work, exposing students to a wide array of options to incorporate the degree into a broad liberal arts education for many career paths.

Career and Graduate Study Options

Students with a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology are prepared for careers in the life sciences, as well as graduate work in basic and applied research. It prepares students for careers as a biological technician, a biologist in conservation, forests, wildlife or zoos,  a science writer or a science illustrator. 

Learning Objectives

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of a solid science background in chemistry, physics, and other sciences appropriate to a Biology degree;
  • Explain the natural world and the applications of science to living organisms and ecology;
  • Apply specialized and general skills and knowledge in biology/general scientific understanding;
  • Gain an ability to integrate theory and practice through several applied experiences in zoology, botany, cell and organisms biology, or ecology;
  • Practice well-developed analytical and critical thinking skills;
  • Demonstrate competence in appropriate biological technology and research information literacy;
  • Gain preparation for career opportunities in the life sciences

Policies, Conditions, and/or Fees

A minimum grade of C- or higher is required for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of BI, SC and ES) in this major.

Progression in Program

The minimum passing grade for all program-specific required courses (courses with the designation of BI, SC and ES) is C- in this major.

Any student who receives a D+ or lower twice in any BI, SC or ES course will be terminated from the program.

The Department Chair and the School Dean, in consultation with the Office of Academic Affairs, will review the standing of any student whose record and/or performance may indicate termination from the Program. Review will take place at the end of every semester. A student may be terminated from the Program whenever his/her academic performance warrants such action.



I. Required Biology and Science Core: (70 credits)

III. Open Electives (6 courses; 18 credits):

Electives (6) to be chosen in consultation with advisor:

  • May include additional biology (BI) courses
  • May be a minor (6 courses)
  • May include open electives. A recommended elective is

Total Credits: 121


All College Curriculum:
Students must satisfy Oral and Written Communication Requirements of the All College Curriculum. These are courses inside or outside the program/major that have been identified as meeting the requirements for writing-intensive (“W”) or oral communication (“O”) courses. Students must include the following among their course selections:

Written: Three (3) courses beyond EN 102 must be writing-intensive (“W”) courses (the Interdisciplinary Seminar and two other “W” courses).
Oral: Two (2) courses must be oral communication (“O”) courses.

Suggested Course Sequence:

(Prerequisites of program-specific courses are listed in parentheses; prerequisites of all courses can be found in the Course Descriptions.)

First Year: (31 credits)

  • Historical Understanding, Literature, Social World or Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credits

Second Year: (30 credits)

  • Historical Understanding, Literature, Social World or Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 3 credits
  • Two (2) Open Electives 6 credits

Third Year: (31 credits)

  • Interdisciplinary Seminar 3 credits
  • Two (2) Open Electives  6 credits

Fourth Year: (29 credits)

  • Two (2) Open Electives 6 credits
  • Two of: Historical Understanding, Literature, Social World or Humanities/Fine Arts Elective 6 credits

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